Strange bug? Spaces appearing after cursor, cursor stays in place.

asked 2020-02-14 17:47:47 +0100

kris_LO gravatar image

Several of us on our team are using LO 6.3.4 on MacOS (Mojave). We've continued to encounter strange behavior when trying to edit existing text.

Every so often when I want to edit an an existing sentence, I'll click where I want to edit to place the cursor, then I'll hit space, and start typing to insert a word or two. The spaces do not insert correctly -- they are added after the cursor, and the cursor stays in place. If I hit the space bar again, it adds another space after the cursor. Sometimes I can temporarily fix the problem by moving the cursor -- clicking elsewhere or using the arrow keys to leave and come back. Sometimes that fixes the problem for a bit, sometimes it doesn't. It makes typing frustrating, and editing an existing document a very slow task.

Has anyone else experienced something like this? Is there a way to fix this? It makes LO almost unusable for daily work.

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Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2020-02-14 17:49:20 +0100 )edit

kris_lo, I had this exact same problem too and it was driving me crazy. Turns out, it's related to the "Track Changes" feature in LibreOffice, which appears to have a bug. Whenever you do a track change, it gets recorded so that there is an "old track" and "new track" section, so LibreOffice can display it properly. However, when you put your cursor at the boundary of this track change... it goes crazy and doesn't work properly, vomiting spaces out past it. it's incredibly annoying.

To work around this, go to Edit -> Track Changes -> Manage, and hit "Accept all". This will get rid of any exist track changes that are being invisibly stored for you and causing this issue. As soon as you've done that, go to Edit -> Track Changes -> Record and make sure it's toggled to off. This is stored ...(plus)

abaddononion gravatar imageabaddononion ( 2020-04-26 03:37:52 +0100 )edit

I have this same issue and, unfortunately, rely heavily on track changes for my job. Hope to see a bug fix in the future.

Bekka gravatar imageBekka ( 2020-05-06 21:55:19 +0100 )edit

Same bug here, wishing for a patch! :)

KRB4K gravatar imageKRB4K ( 2020-05-24 10:39:37 +0100 )edit